Thursday, 26 May 2016

TRAVEL SOUTH AFRICA ON R320 THE FAMED HERMANUS WINE ROUTE

The picturesque “Heaven and Earth Valley” has been firmly established on the wine tourism map boasting a line-up of approximately 15 wine cellars; I spent two days exploring almost all of them, and will be doing two separate posts to cover it all.  As per usual Travel and Trade South Africa, leaves few stones unturned to provide our readers with the best possible images; because we truly believe in the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”.

Hamilton Russel Vineyards on Wine Route 320
link to download and print your map: http://www.hermanuswine.com/pdfs/wine-route-map.pdf

MOZAMBIQUE ULTIMATE IN LUXURY AND PRIVACY

© Azura Mozambique

Azura Mozambique, an unspoilt island within a Marine National Park, deserted beaches of pure white sand that extend for miles surrounded by sparkling turquoise seas.   A mere 16 villas are nestled along one of the last undiscovered stretches of beach in the world, with all the creature comforts you could wish for, sparkling private pools, Mozambican Butler-hosts to look after your every need, fish and seafood fresh from the ocean, a fantastic range of activities and experiences, an African spa to relax in, all at a community based project where the local islanders benefit as much as you.

THE MOST SECLUDED ISLAND IN THE WORLD

Medjumbe the 1km long and 500m wide island with a long sand-bar tail called the ‘spit’ lies on the edge of the protected Quirimbas National Park.  Quirimbas Archipelago in Cabo Delgado Province, Northern Mozambique, is a captivating chain of 32 coral islands. There are no inhabitants on this island other than the hotel guests and the staff that take care of them. 

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

AFRICAN DECOR │ COLONIAL │ WOOD FIGURES

Colonial Figures │ Statues approx 2 Meters Tall Phases Africa
These fun African home decor pieces individually hand carved wooden “Colonial figures” representing an unusual mix of African and European cultures. There are no two men/woman alike and stand on their own. They come in a large variety of colors and are more striking in pairs or groups of 3 or more.  There are also smaller sizes available as well as life size (meaning the colonial figures have almost normal size figures as far as the width goes.  In plain English they're not so skinny.
Size: Range from 1.5 Meters – 2.5 Meters tall

Saturday, 7 May 2016

MASTER GLASS SCULPTOR DAVID READE'S FUNCTIONAL ART

David Reade - Born England 1960

1977 - Began working with glass under master glassblower Michael Harris at Isle of Wight Studio Glass. During a seven year period he worked in Southern Ireland and at the Isle of Wight learning glassblowing and designing skills.
  
 GLASS AND STEEL LIGHTING FIXTURE

A ROAD TRIP TO ADDO ELEPHANT PARK

In Route to Willamore © Noleen Kutash

Take the N2 from Cape Town to Addo National Elephant Park and stop in Riviersonderend for the best pies at Ou Meul Bakkery.  There are several amazing towns where you can overnight to break up the trip two boutique hotels that stand out amongst the rest; one situated in the Wilderness the other in Plettenberg Bay


Instead of staying in Addo, I selected to stay on top of Zuurberg at a majestic place called Camp Figtree.  I opted to stay here because I love peace and quiet and I must have something to look at from every room, Camp Figtree as far as I'm concerned ascribed to all my needs.  The staff were absolutely amazing and could not possibly have been more accommodating and the set menu for dinner excellent and so was breakfast. 

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Thursday, 21 April 2016

RECYCLED LIGHTING FIXTURES │UNIQUE LIGHT FIXTURES

Available at PHASESAFRICA.COM
We are proud to represent the work of this amazing artist from Southern Africa.  He creates these one-of-a-kind light fixtures; by collecting naturally tumbled pieces of glass, driftwood, shells and found objects from our beaches.  There is no limit to size, shape, structure and texture. Most recently he created some unique lighting fixtures made from wood as well as beads. 
Recycled Lighting Fixture by: Phasesafrica.com

Monday, 18 April 2016

TRAVELING TO KENYA WHERE I STAYED AND WHAT I SAW

This was a short trip only 8 days in total.  Spent two nights in Nairobi and recommend you avoid staying over there if you can.  Not because there is anything wrong with Nairobi, other than the traffic, it's a nightmare you can easily spent 30 minutes in one place without moving a cm in any direction.  I was accompanied on this trip by 6 friends, 3 from South Africa, one from Los Angeles, one from Switzerland and another from Italy.  We arrived at our hotel in Nairobi on the outskirts of town, showered and spent 2 hours in traffic for a 20 minute drive to the famous Muthaiga Country Club here we met two friends that are members. Here the colonial settlers partied until the early morning hours the place is steeped in history.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muthaiga_Country_Club

Muthaiga Country Club circa 1913 Nairobi Kenya

KIDS ROOM FURNITURE AND DECOR

Kids' Room Decor │ Wire Art Zebra │ Kids Furniture and Decor

Phases Africa Furniture & Decor PTY ltd, has launched a brand new category Kids' Furniture and Decor. Our collection of children’s room rugs, animal objects and kids' room seating for all ages is just a taste of more to come.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

BEST AFRICAN TEXTILES – KUBA CLOTH


In post - Renaissance Europe, Kuba Cloth, the embroidered and appliqué decorated raffia cloth from the Congo (formerly Zaire), entered the curio cabinets and treasuries of nobles and kings as the finest representation of African art. More recently, the mastery of Kuba cloths' abstract patterning was a source of inspiration to artists such as Matisse, who displayed part of his large collection on the wall of his studio. www.phasesafrica.com directly trade with the Congo's most renowned source on Kuba and Shoowa Cloth.
Kuba Cloth by: © Phases Africa (dot) com